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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jan 22, 2008 6:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Guess what? Yep...I'm back in '79


Have I talked about this one before? Can't remember. Regardless, this show has been keeping me company today, and I am in the process of damaging my chair yet again. First off, the SBD's sound quality is excellent, everyone comes through clear and crisp, with no one being drowned out. Now many of you know that the previous night's show is one of my favorite 79 shows, but this one is no slouch. Jerry's voice is actually a little stronger here than 11/24. But like the previous night, Phil is still driving the train. The first set has some tasty nuggets indeed, including a smoking Jack Straw opener, a hopping Big River and a sweet Loser. Now the Minglewood, it virtually blows up with Jerry on fire from start to finish. Handle this one with care, it may explode. A gorgeous Althea is followed up by an extra-strong Sailor/Saint, one of my favorites when played this well. The Deal set closer is a monster, truly a powerhouse in its own right.
In the second set the fun continues. We get a funky Shakedown opener into a big Bertha. The LLR is OK, but then we get one of those trademark He's Gone>Jam>Other Ones that points out just what make this band so special, with Phil ripping it up in the Other One. The post-Space line-up is just as strong with a great Truckin' into a heart-wrenching Stella. The Good Lovin' and then a Johnny B. Good encore finish things off very nicely.
In my opinion is this show as big as the night before? Not quite, but most definitely worth a listen.

I'd have to give it 4.5 broken chairs.

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Poster: jackstraw86 Date: Jan 22, 2008 7:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Guess what? Yep...I'm back in '79

This was my first show and after listening to it once again, I've confirmed why I was hooked on the boys after this performance. I knew next to nothing about them before I went, only having seen the Grateful Dead Movie. But after hearing the great musical interplay created by the band, I knew I'd be seeing them for a long time.

Standouts for me are the Shakedown->Bertha and an exquisite Stella Blue.

Also good to know that my inagural show meets the approval of the illustrious SDH. (Of course it's 1979 so that's no surprise).

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jan 22, 2008 8:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Guess what? Yep...I'm back in '79


Perhaps "pretentious" or "repetitious" might be better.

But always glad to get a first-hand account to go with a show.

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2008-01-22 16:19:30